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Mount Saint Mary’s University joins the LA Opera in 2010 to stage an unmatched cultural festival celebrating the presentation of Richard Wagner's epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

MSMU Joins LA Opera to Stage Festival Based on Famous 'Ring' Opera

Nov. 3, 2008 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University is proud to join the LA Opera in 2010 to stage an unmatched citywide cultural festival centered on the upcoming presentation of composer Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

The College will host two seminars as part of its participation in the festival to be held April 15 through June 30 that year. More than 50 cultural and educational institutions in Los Angeles are joining together to celebrate the LA Opera’s upcoming presentation of Wagner’s Ring cycle, the first time that the epic masterwork will be presented in its entirety in Los Angeles.

Ring Festival LA events will take place in a wide variety of venues throughout Southern California in 2010. The Mount is providing its unique point of view as an 83-year-old educational institution with campuses in West Los Angeles and downtown.

During one two-day discussion, the College will host an event based on its graduate-level seminar in the humanities, “Two Rings: Lord of the Rings and Ring of the Nibelung – the films, the books, and the music.” The seminar, taught by lecturer Michael Heim, is an immersive experience in the mythic “Ring,” with a focus on the two “Ring” trilogies – one by Wagner and the other by J.R.R. Tolkien – as giant masterworks that synthesize all of the arts. Meetings will be on the downtown Doheny Campus in The Rose Hills Auditorium.

The Mount also presents “Architectural Imagination in LA,” a two-day seminar that is an on-site study of three treasures of Los Angeles architecture: the Getty Center by Richard Meier, the Schindler Kings Road House by Rudolf Schindler, and the Disney Concert Hall by Frank O. Gehry. Tours of the buildings are preceded by lectures highlighting the Wagnerian connections: classic Valhalla on the hill over Brentwood; the Romanticism of Schindler’s patio-beach, close-to-nature style; and the Brothers Grimm fantasy of post-modern Disney Hall. Classes begin on the College’s Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles.

A complete list of 2010 festival events will be announced by the LA Opera in January 2010.

Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen tells an epic story of monumental scale drawn from Norse mythology, over the course of four complete operas. The plot concerns a magic ring that gives its bearer the power to rule the world. For more information on purchasing tickets to the opera performances in 2010, visit

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